We often think about our ideal career, relationship or even house. I had two doctor’s appointments scheduled in one day earlier this week which required me to take off work and while sipping my Venti Iced White Mocha in a swanky Chicago college neighborhood, staring at my laptop and people watching, I started thinking about my ideal schedule.
So many times, women think that they have to show a lot of skin to be attractive and appealing and Imaan reminds us that we can still be stylish. I love the way Imaan wraps her hair, and she layers clothing in a creative way.
I also love the way that she shops at affordable clothing stores like H & M and Forever 21. I’m really going to channel Imaan next year during the Fall & Winter when Chicago gets blistering cold and layers are absolutely necessary. Her looks also work for my job where as a High School Teacher it is both professional and necessary to air on the side of caution and dress a bit conservative. Conservative does not have to mean boring or stale. Try a little mystery next time you get dressed.
I’ve been editing syllabi, cover letters and resumes for over 10 years now. I have now put all of the knowledge into an easy to digest Cover Letter Guide.
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The fabulous Desiree Rogers was recently named chair of Choose Chicago, the tourism bureau of the city of Chicago.
Desiree is most known for becoming the CEO of Johnson Publishing Company (which publishes Ebony & Jet Magazine). With an MBA from Harvard Business School and serving on President Obama’s Administration as the White House Social Secretary, Ms. Rogers is a force to be reckoned with and a woman that you should both know about & respect!
Just listened to a fascinating interview over at Rap Rehab about Jay-Z’s audio engineer Gimel “Young Guru”. Audio Engineering is one of the most important components of the record making process and while I would tell my son, No Son, You Can’t Be a Rapper, the answer would be “Yes” to audio engineering.
In the interview Young Guru talks about his mother who was a teacher. He describes her as “resourceful” for shuffling him from community center to community center to learn music & instrumentation. He says she didn’t believe in kids being idle.
He also drops jewels about both engineering and recording. While most engineers are silent, he talks about serving as sort of a coach encouraging better lyrics & different cadences. He also talks about how he stays out of his artist’s personal life… probably one of the many reasons why he’s engineered 10 of Jay’s albums. He also talks about the importance of memorizing the rhyme before laying it down on the track. He demonstrates how the voice sounds while holding a paper versus delivering the lines straight into the rap.
I could go on and on, but instead encourage you to listen to this excellent interview with a man who says sonically, he wants to have “the bottom end of a Tribe Called Quest and combine it with the clarity of a Dr. Dre Record.” Head on over to Rap Rehab to listen to this great piece: http://raprehab.com/young-guru-the-engineer-behind-jay-z-and-more/ .
Last summer I delved into gardening a little bit. I created a beautiful end of summer/fall collection: http://donnienicole.com/2012/08/18/making-an-entrance-more-yard-projects/. At the beginning of the summer I started with two little containers on the porch http://donnienicole.com/2012/06/27/trying-to-make-things-grow/. Last summer was our first year in the house and I didn’t want to do too much so I kept it pretty simple.
I went with a friend to three plant nurseries this past weekend. The first place we went was called Gethsemane Garden Center . They had everything from annuals (plants that only last a year/season) to perennials (plants that come back year after year), to shrubs. I also fell in love with the options they had for containers.
The second place we went where I purchases most of plants was called Orchids by Hausermann. Not only did they have a huge orchid garden, but they also had a hefty collection of plants and flowers at excellent prices. Here are some of the orchids:
This place had about two football fields of orchids in every color, shape, variety and stage of growth!
Most of the flats were $15.99 a piece. A flat is a tray full of the same variety of flowers. Then they had a great deal for annuals where if you bought 12, you got them at $3.99 per flower instead of $4.99 per flower. Both rates were the best out of the 3 nurseries we went to.
Here are the flowers I went with:
These border the bushes in the front of my house.
These are the flowers I bought for the two containers on my porch. The old ones were dead and never came back and I decided I’d plant annuals since annuals are known for their color versus perennials which come back every year.
Here is the finished product:
Here is the container on my porch:
And of course I couldn’t leave “The Orchid House” without any orchids so I bought two white ones for the dining room table. Both containers were also purchases at Hausermann’s:
Playing in the dirt feels so good. It takes me back to my little girl days of being outside making mud pies and getting an extra layer of skin made out of dirt. Nature was created to heal our spirits by the creator.
I’ve been waiting a few weeks to announce this, but I am officially a writer for Black & Married with Kids http://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/. Joining the BMWK Family is so meaningful to me because I truly believe that a healthy marriage creates a healthy family which creates a healthy community.
I will mainly be writing about fertility as I have been diagnosed with Incompetent Cervix which is a condition that makes it more difficult for me to carry a baby to full-term. My husband Che “Rhymefest” Smith and I lost our first baby at 5 months in December of 2011. This year we decided that we’re ready to try again, so I will be sharing my experiences from beginning to the birth of our first baby together over at BMWK. There will also be some extra special posts here on Analog Girl regarding women who deal with fertility issues, so join us next week for the first “Fertility Friday.”
Please do me a favor and head on over to BMWK to read my first post, “No Son, You Cannot Be a Rapper” and leave a comment. What would you do if your son (or daughter) said they were turning down a full scholarship to pursue a rap career? http://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/2013/05/no-son-you-cannot-be-a-rapper/.